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7/23/2013 1:31:00 PM
Another delay in Montiel murder case
Joseph Montiel
Joseph Montiel

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE -- The Joseph Montiel murder trial continues to plod along.

An appearance Tuesday before Judge Michael Bluff saw little movement other than to set a new appearance.

Lead attorney Robyn Varcoe said that the defense team continues to gather "discovery," however she did anticipate that the court should be able to schedule a trial date during the next appearance.

She anticipated the possibility of filing a future motion.

Attorneys asked that the next appearance be set after the Labor Day holiday.

The judge scheduled the court date for Sept. 9.

Montiel, 46, is charged with murdering his estranged wife, Jamie Treakle Montiel.

The woman was found stabbed in late August 2012 near an abandoned mine shaft off Cherry Creek Road, just up the road from the county jail.

Treakle had bonded out of jail after being arrested on a failure to appear warrant for a misdemeanor offense in Justice Court.

At the time, Montiel had also been out of custody himself for a charge of assaulting Treakle.

It is believed that when the woman had no other ride home, she resorted to calling Montiel.

Treakle had been reported missing after being released, but her body was not found until a family search party discovered Montiel's Chevy S-10 pickup top-centered and stuck on a side road off Cherry Road. Her body was discovered nearby.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Dan McLaughlin

How many more months are we going to have to look at this picture? I am tired of looking at the mug of the helicopter bomber, and I am tired of looking at this waste of space murderer. Don't we have more important news that needs to be addressed?, maybe some more pictures and stories about the dog park and important stuff like that.

Why doesn't this paper focus more on the news affecting all of us like the politics concerning the Verde River and the Big Chino. Without the water from the big Chino aquifer,the Upper Verde river for most of the year will cease to flow. Everything will suffer and the effects will be far-reaching and devastating to everyone living in the Verde Valley.

Take more shots at the improprieties of our public officials, both local and state, instead of focusing for months on unfortunate idiots that exist in every community. Crime on a personal level happens everyday everywhere. Crimes at the government level. effect everyone, and try to slip through and become law, with as little publicity as possible.

By the way I am sick of the George Zimmerman and the Jodi Arias case also.

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